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  • Writer's pictureDanny Joyce | Editor

The importance of Vitamin D, are you getting enough??

Did you know, that Vitamin D is vital for the development of healthy bones, teeth and muscles? It is also essential for the immune system! Every year I get a bit run down at this time of year, with the clocks going back daylight disappears and the colder weather kicks in. So taking Vitamins is a necessity for me, I've taken multi-vitamins in the past but recently I was kindly given some Vitabiotics to try, so am sticking with these to help boost my immune system more, as I've already started to feel the lack of daylight take effect on me.

The best natural resource of Vitamin D is the sun! However in Ireland during the winter months, we are exposed to very little sunlight, especially those who are working. I used to work shift in the Airport, a nutritionist once gave us a seminar about the detriments of shiftwork due to the lack of natural sunlight. Since then I've tried to keep on top of vitamin taking, and making sure I was eating a bit more fruit & veg too. Vitamin D can also be found naturally in foods such as oily fish and eggs while some milks and cereals are fortified with Vitamin D.

Vitabiotics Ultra Vitamin D tablets were developed as a convenient way to supplement the diet with vitamin D. By taking a daily supplement with food, Ultra Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones and teeth and is also known for its role in supporting normal function of the immune system, normal cell division and normal muscle function. They are small, easy to swallow tablets, that you can take with a cold drink at breakfast.

Orla Walsh, Ireland’s leading dietician says, ''A vitamin helps the human body to function as it should. It cannot be made by the body so it must be supplied to it through food. Interestingly, despite its name, vitamin D is actually a hormone, and we can make it in our body.

When we are outside in daylight, our clever body can make vitamin D when the light hits our skin. The amount of vitamin D that the body can make depends on lots of things outside of our control including how strong the sunlight is, age and skin colour. Unlike other vitamins, it is sunshine, not food, that provides our body with most of its vitamin D. When you live in Ireland, even a healthy, well balanced diet, that provides all the other nourishment that you need, can often not be able to supply the body with enough vitamin D. This is why a vitamin d supplement is often advised.''

Vitamin D has functions and benefits that are probably more wide ranging than any other vitamin. In recent years, there has been huge renewed interest in vitamin D, with new global research showing that the health benefits of this nutrient stretch beyond bone health. There is increasing evidence for the beneficial effects from dietary vitamin D which has shown benefits for its contribution to;

  • Normal function of the immune system

  • Maintenance of normal bones and teeth

  • Normal absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorus

  • Normal muscle function

  • Normal blood calcium levels

  • The process of cell division

Vitamin D has been in the news recently for its links to Covid-19. A trial on the relationship Vitamin D has in preventing colds, flu and chest infections found that Vitamin D had a significant protective effect when it was given daily or weekly to people with lowest vitamin D levels. The study showed that after taking Vitamin D the risk of having a cold or flu was reduced from 60% to 32% in these people. Therefore, maintaining a sufficient vitamin D level is beneficial in prevention of colds and flus and may therefore be of benefit in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vitabiotics have two Vitamin D strengths available which both come in a three-month supply from just one small daily tablet.

Ultra Vitamin D 1000IU gives you optimum strength Vitamin D in one daily tablet and is priced at €8.50

Ultra Vitamin D 2000IU is formulated for extra strength. Ultra Vitamin D 2000IU gives you more to help build your reserves and is priced at €11.99

Vitabiotics Ultra Vitamin D is available from pharmacies, health stores & online.


Some information taken from a Press Release kindly supplied by Presence PR


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